Atkinson Library is one of six locations that has laptop computers for public use in the library and a computer trainer assigned to provide customer assistance, thanks to the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Award 55-42B10549.
Atkinson Library, located at 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., opened
in January 1961 as the first in a 10-year program to provide large regional
libraries spread throughout the City. The beauty of the building's unique
architecture, highlighted by a beamed, cathedral vaulted ceiling, woodwork
and modern stained glass windows, was enhanced by a renovation project
in the spring of 1994.
Computer resources at the library include a computer lab which opened
in 2001. The computers are all free to use, and have word processing
software on them, access to library databases, and access to the Internet.
The library boasts two special collections. The Career and Job Information
Center includes a wide variety of resources to assist in planning
a job search or career change, as well as launching a new business
venture. The African-American Collection includes both current and
historical works of fiction and non-fiction which reflect African-American
life and culture.
"Atkinson Library has a strong African-American
collection, excellent career and small business materials, engaging
programs for all ages and 26 computers with Internet access. The
vaulted ceilings, many windows and woodwork make the library an
inviting place to gather."
-- Brian Williams-VanKlooster
Library Branch Manager